Indigenous American Submitted Place Names

These names are or were used by the various indigenous peoples who inhabit North and South America.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aasiaat (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "spiders" in Greenlandic, though spiders are very rare on the island. Aasiaat is town in Greenland.
Afganistān (Country) Nahuatl
Nahuatl form of Afghanistan.
Afgansuyu (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Afghanistan.
Ahyganitã (Country) Guarani
Guaraní form of Afghanistan.
Akami Uapishkᵁ Kakkasuak Mealy (Other) Inuit, English
National park in Labrador, Canada. 'Akami−Uapishkᵁ' is an Innu name for the area, meaning "white mountain cross", and 'KakKasuak' means "mountain" in Inuttitut... [more]
Alaasika (Political Subdivision) Inuit
Inuit form of Alaska.
Alaaskaq (Settlement) Inupiat
Inupiaq form of Alaska.
Alaaskaq (Political Subdivision) Inupiat
Inupiaq form of Alaska.
Alax̂sxax̂ (Political Subdivision) Aleut
Aleut form of Alaska.
Algoma (Region) Algonquin
Region in Ontario, Canada. Created name by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. The 'al' is from "Algonquin", the the 'goma' is from the word 'gomee', meaning "water".
Aliminia (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Armenia.
Aliqueniya (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Albania.
Aljííya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Algeria.
Allegheny (Body of Water) Lenape
The name Allegheny may come from Lenape welhik hane or oolikhanna, which means 'best flowing river of the hills' or 'beautiful stream', and from a Lenape account of an ancient mythical tribe called "Allegewi", who lived along the river before being taken over by the Lenape.
Alvqueniya (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Albania.
Amérika (Region & Country) Guarani, Papiamento
Guarani and Papiamento form of America.
Amerrisque (Mountain) Mayan
Amerrique is the Indian name of the mountains between Juigalpa and Libertad in Chontales Department in Nicaragua; these mountains separate Lake Nicaragua from the Mosquito Coast... [more]
Amirika (Region & Country) Banjar, Maranao, Okinawan, Quechua
Form of America used in several languages.
Anáaski (Political Subdivision) Tlingit
Tlingit form of Alaska.
Anamoose (Settlement) Ojibwe
City in North Dakota. From the Ojibwe word 'uhnemoosh', meaning "female dog".
Andówa (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Andorra.
Angóola (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Angola.
Anidola (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Andorra.
Anidvtsi (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Germany
Apopka (Settlement) Indigenous American
Apopka is a settlement in Orange County Florida.... [more]
Arahentína (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Argentina.
Arapaho (Settlement) Sioux
Arapaho is probably from Hidatsa arúpahu, or a cognate word in another Siouan language. Apparently borrowed from a widespread Siouan designation for one or more Arapaho bands, compare, in Siouan languages: Crow arappaho, Hidatsa arúpahu, Mandan "Arrapahó", Omaha-Ponca aðábahu, and Kansa aropwahì... [more]
Arminya (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Armenia.
Arminya (Country) Kabyle, Quechua
Kabyle and Quechua form of Armenia.
Asarsuyu (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Azerbaijan
Asiliquasani (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Azerbaijan
Athabasca (Settlement, Other, Body of Water & Mountain) Cree (Anglicized)
Name of numerous towns, lakes, rivers, a glacier, and a mountain, in Canada, primarily in the province of Alberta... [more]
Attawapiskat (River & Settlement) Cree
River and town in Ontario, Canada. From the Attawapiskat people, meaning "people of the parting of the rocks", or Āhtawāpiskatowi ininiwak.
Aulavik (Other) Inuit
National park in the Northwest Territories, Canada. From the Inuvialuktun language, meaning "place where people travel".
Austriya (Country) Indigenous American, Aymara, Western African, Hausa
Aymara and Hausa form of Austria.
Austriya (Country) Aymara, Hausa, Kazakh
Aymara, Hausa and Kazakh form of Austria.
Auyuittuq (Other) Inuit
National park in Nunavut, Canada. Meaning "the land that never melts", in Inuktitut.
Awigenisteni (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Afghanistan.
Ayolani (Country & Island) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Ireland.
Ayuhwasi (Settlement) Cherokee
Ayuhwasi, meaning "savanna" or "large meadow". The name has been applied to several entities past and present in the U.S. states of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
Bádikin Sídii (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Vatican City
Banladish (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Bangladesh
Bdoté (Island & Body of Water) Sioux
From Dakota bdoté meaning "place where two or more bodies of water converge".
Bella Bella (Settlement) Salishan
Town in British Columbia, Canada. Named after the Bella Bella people, also known as the Heiltsuk.
Bella Coola (Region & Settlement) Salishan (Anglicized)
Town and valley in British Columbia, Canada. From the Heiltsuk word bḷ́xʷlá, meaning "someone from Bella Coola", referring to the general ethnic group in the area
Biʼednam (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Vietnam
Bulgarya (Country) Quechua, Tagalog
Quechua and Tagalog form of Bulgaria
Bwoonéí (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Brunei
Cagua (Settlement) Indigenous American, Spanish (Latin American)
From the Cumanagoto word Cahigua, meaning “Snail”.
Celilo (Body of Water) Indigenous American
Means: echo of falling water. A famous waterfall used as a Native American fishing ground.
Chicomoztoc (Settlement & Other) Nahuatl, Aztec
From Nahuatl chicome (“seven”), oztotl (“cave”), and -c (“place”).
Chilcotin (Region) Cree (Anglicized)
From the Chilcotin (Tsilhqot'in) people of British Columbia, Canada. Means "people of the red ochre river", after the Chilko river.
Chíle (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Chile.
Chilko (River) Cree (Anglicized)
Name of a river in British Columbia, Canada. From the Chilcotin (Tsilhqot'in) word tŝilhqóx, meaning "the red ochre river".
Cusco (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Quechua
Cuzco (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Inca (Hispanicized), Quechua (Hispanicized), Spanish (Archaic)
Traditional spelling of Cusco, a city in Peru which was the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is the Hispanicized form of Quechua Qusqu meaning "rock, boundary stone; heap of earth and stones; nucleus; navel; bed, dry bed of a lake".
Dalonigesdv (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of China
Denali (Mountain) Indigenous American
This is the indigenous Koyukon name for Mount McKinley.
Dilhi (Settlement) Arabic, Quechua
Arabic and Quechua form of Delhi.
Ehíto (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Aegyptus (see Egypt) via the Spanish form Egipto.
Ekuatóry (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Ecuador.
Epáña (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Hispania (see Spain) via the Spanish form España.
Etobicoke (Settlement) Iroquois (Anglicized), Algonquin (Anglicized)
From the Mississagua name for the area, wah-do-be-kang (wadoopikaang), and means "the place where alders grow". Anglicized by Augustus Jones as 'ato-be-coake', but adopted by John Graves Simcoe as 'Etobicoke' in 1795.
Gáana (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Ghana
Gabǫ́ǫ́ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Gabon
Géémbiya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Gambia
Gíní (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Guinea
Gíní Bisó (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Guinea-Bissau.
Guantanamo (Settlement) Taíno
"land between rivers"
Gwaii Haanas (Other) Haida
National park in British Columbia, Canada. The name is X̱aayda kíl, or Haida, and means "islands of beauty".
Hángewii (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Hungary
Hapõ (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Japão (see Japan) via the Spanish form Japón.
Hurwatsuyu (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Croatia.
Ííjip (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Egypt
Iithiyópya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Ethiopia
Iiwááʼ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Iraq
Iiwą́ą́ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Iran
Ikwadur (Country) Aymara
Aymara form of Ecuador.
Ikwayur (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Ecuador.
Ilanda (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Ireland
Ilulissat (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the icebergs" in Greenlandic. Ilulissat is the 3rd largest town in Greenland.
Indoníízha (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Indonesia
Iqaluit (Settlement) Inuit
Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory, Nunavut. ... [more]
Islandya (Country) Quechua, Tagalog
Quechua and Tagalog form of Iceland
Ispaña (Country) Quechua
Quechua form of Spain
Ivvavik (Other) Inuit
National park in Yukon, Canada. Meaning "birthplace" or "nursery" in Inuvialuktun.
Iwrupa (Region) Aymara
Aymara form of Europa (see Europe).
Jibótii (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Djibouti
Jóoʼdan (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Jordan
Jóojah (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Georgia 1
Jurutungo (Settlement & Other) Taíno
A town in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Káango (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Congo
Kalaallit Nunaat (Country) Greenlandic
Means "land of the Kalaallit". This is the Greenlandic endonym for Greenland. Kalaallit is the name of the dominant ethnic group on the island.
Kalispell (Other) Salishan (Rare)
The name Kalispell is a Salishan (Salish) word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
Kamloops (Settlement) Salishan (Anglicized)
From the Shuswap word Tk'emlúps, meaning "where the rivers meet"
Kanata (Country) Inuit, Inupiat
Inuit and Inupiaq form of Canada.
Kankakee (Settlement) Indigenous American
Kankakee is probably derived from the Miami-Illinois word teeyaahkiki, meaning: "open country/ exposed land/ land in open/ land exposed to view".
Kʼatár (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Qatar
Kazabazua (River & Settlement) Algonquin (Gallicized)
River and town in Quebec. From 'kachibadjiwan', meaning "hidden current" in Algonquin, as the river is primarily underground.
Kejimkujik (Other & Body of Water) Mi'kmaq
Lake and national park in Canada. From Mi'kmaq, meaning "attempting to escape", or "swollen waters", or "tired muscles".
Kelowna (Settlement) Salishan
Name of a large town in British Columbia, from the Okanagan word kelowna, meaning "grizzly bear"
Kénya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Kenya
Kitigan Zibi (Political Subdivision) Algonquin
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin reserve in Quebec. Meaning "cultivated land" in Algonquin.
Kitu (Settlement) Quechua, Arabic, Urdu
Quechua, Arabic and Urdu form of Quito.
Klondike (Region) Indigenous American
tributary of the Yukon River in northwestern Canada, from Kutchin (Athabaskan) throndiuk, said to mean "hammer-water" and to be a reference to the practice of driving stakes into the riverbed to support fish traps... [more]
Kluane (Other) Cree
National park in Yukon, Canada. The name comes from the Southern Tutchone language.
Kodiak (Settlement) Indigenous American
Kodiak is a settlement in Alaska USA , Located on Kodiak Island. Originally inhabited by native Americans and Russians.... [more]
Kolómbia (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Colombia.
Kootenay (Other) Salishan (Anglicized)
National park in British Columbia, Canada. The name is derived from the Kutenai people of the area. Their name either means "to eat lean meat', or "to go out into the open".
Kóóweiʼ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Kuwait
Kouchibouguac (River & Other) Mi'kmaq
National park and river in New Brunswick, Canada. Meaning "river of the long tides" in Mi'kmaq.
Kunghit (Island) Haida
Southernmost island in Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia, Canada... [more]
Lááʼos (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Laos
Lackawaxen (Body of Water) Indigenous American
Lenape for "swift waters".
Látsębooʼ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Luxembourg
Łíbanoo (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Lebanon
Łíbya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Libya
Łííhtensain (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Liechtenstein
Lima (Settlement) Spanish, Aymara, English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek
Most likely a corruption of Rímac, the name of a river, itself derived from Quechua rimaq meaning "speaker, talker" (ultimately from rimay meaning "to speak")... [more]
Limaq (Settlement) Quechua
Quechua form of Lima.
Łitʼoowę́ęya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Lithuania
Lomaniya (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Romania
Madagascar (Country & Island) English, Catalan, Nahuatl, French, Italian, Manx, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Corsican
From Middle French Madagascar, from Madageiscar, as a corrupted transliteration of Mogadishu by Marco Polo's misreading of Arabic.... [more]
Malááwii (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Malawi
Maléízha (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Malaysia
Maniitsoq (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "place of rugged terrain" in Greenlandic. Maniitsoq is a city and ice cap in Greenland.
Manitoulin (Island & Region) Ojibwe (Gallicized), Ojibwe (Anglicized)
Island and region of Ontario, Canada. From the Ojibwe word Manidoowaaling, meaning "cave of the spirit", named for an underwater cave where a powerful spirit lived... [more]
Maniwaki (Settlement) Algonquin (Gallicized)
Town in Quebec. Algonquin for "Mary's Land", for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate who lived there.
Masedóonya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Macedonia
Mayantuyacu (Region, Body of Water, River & Other) Indigenous American, South American, New World Mythology
Means ‘the water and the air’ in Asháninka.
Meejiko (Country) Indigenous American, Mayan
Yucatec Maya form of Mexico, referring only to the country.
Méhiko (Country & Settlement) Guarani
Guarani form of Mexico.
Mexko (Country) Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Nahuatl form of Mexico, referring only to the country.
Michhuahcan (Political Subdivision) Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Nahuatl form of Michoacán.
Mííanmáa (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Myanmar
Mississauga (Region) Ojibwe (Anglicized)
From the Anishinaabe word misi-zaagiing, meaning "Those at the Great River Mouth". Name of the Mississauga tribe, and now a name of a Toronto suburb. Closely related to the Ojibwe word misswezahging, mean "river of many outlets".
Missoula (Settlement) Salishan (Anglicized)
City in Montana, United States. From the Salish word 'nmesuletkw', meaning "place of frozen water".
Mïxiku (Country & Settlement) Aymara
Aymara form of Mexico.
Mobile (Settlement) Indigenous American
Mobile is a settlement in Alabama USA. Found in Mobile County Alabama.... [more]
Moowitéínya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Mauritania
Mosquito (Region & Settlement) Indigenous American, Central American, Spanish (Latin American)
The Hispanicised name of the Miskito coast.
Muskoka (Political Subdivision) Ojibwe (?)
Nááts'ihch'oh (Other) Chipewyan
National Park in Northwest Territories, Canada. Means "stands like a porcupine" in Dene.
Nahanni (River & Other) Chipewyan
River and national park in Northwest Territories, Canada. From the Dene name for the area, 'Nahʔa Dehé', which means "river of the land of the Nahʔa people".
Namííbya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Namibia
Nanortalik (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the place with polar bears" in Greenlandic, ultimately derived from nanoq "polar bear". Nanortalik is the southernmost town in Greenland.
Narsaq (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "field, plain" in Greenlandic. Narsaq is town in southern Greenland.
Niagara (Body of Water, Settlement & Region) Iroquois
Name of a popular waterfall, a town, and region, in Canada. Derived from the Iroquois word Onguiaahra, meaning either "the strait", or "bisected bottom lands"
Nihun (Country) Aymara, Quechua
Aymara and Quechua form of Nippon.
Nipigon (River & Settlement) Ojibwe
Town and river in Ontario, Canada. From the Ojibwe word Alimipigon, possibly meaning "where the water begins".
Nipissing (Body of Water & Settlement) Algonquin
Lake and town in Ontario, Canada. From the Algonquin word meaning "big water"
Nunatsiavut (Region) Inuit
Region in Labrador, Canada. Means "our beautiful land" in Inuttitut.
Nunavik (Region) Inuit
Region of Quebec, Canada. From the Inuit word nunavik meaning "great land".
Nunavut (Political Subdivision) Inuit, English, French
Means "our land" in Inuktitut. This is the name of a territory of Canada.
Nuuk (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "cape" in Greenlandic. Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland.
Oaxaca (Political Subdivision) Mexican, Nahuatl (Hispanicized)
Oka (Settlement) Mohawk
Unknown meaning. Name of town in Quebec
Okanagan (Region & Body of Water) Salishan
Region and lake in Canada, named after the Okanagan people. Means "the people living where you can see the top", due to the many mountains in the area.
Okoboji (Body of Water) Sioux
Legend tells the lake was named for Chief Okoboji; meaning either ‘place of rest’ or ‘reeds or rushes,’-preferred.... [more]
Omą́ą́ (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Oman
Omaha (Settlement) Sioux
Siouan people of northeastern Nebraska, 1804, Maha, perhaps from Omaha umaha, perhaps literally "upstream (people), against the flow." The Nebraska city was founded in 1854.
Óóswiya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Austria
Osoyoos (Other) Salishan
Name of Canada's only desert, in British Columbia. From the Okanagan word sẁiẁs, meaning "narrowing of the waters" .
Paamiut (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the people who live at the mouth". Paamiut is town in Greenland, located at the mouth of the Kuannersooq Fjord.
Pelelu Tepu (Settlement & Mountain) Indigenous American
Péléstain (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Palestine
Pensacola (Settlement) Indigenous American
Pensacola is the Westmost city in Florida USA.Found in Escambia County Florida.... [more]
Penticton (Settlement) Salishan (Anglicized)
Town in British Columbia, Canada. From the Okanagan word snpintktn or phthauntauc, meaning "a place to stay forever".
Perũ (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Peru.
Petaluma (Political Subdivision) Miwok
Petaluma is a transliteration of the Coast Miwok phrase /péta lúuma/ which means hill backside.
Pindoráma (Country) Guarani
From Tupi-Guarani pindó-rama meaning "land of palm trees", from pindo meaning "palm tree" and ráma meaning "land, section". This is the Guarani name of Brazil.
Pukaskwa (Other & River) Ojibwe
National park and river in Ontario, Canada. May be from the Ojibwe word 'pukasu', meaning "to cook the marrow in the bones of animals", or "eaters of fish"... [more]
Punxsutawney (Settlement) Lenape
the name (for the base-city of the Groundhog Day woodchuck Punxsutawney Phil) comes from the indigenous word for "Town of the Sandflies"
Qaqortoq (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "white" in Greenlandic. Qaqortoq is the 4th largest town in Greenland.
Qasigiannguit (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the place with spotted seals" in Greenlandic.
Qausuittuq (Other) Inuit
National park in Nunavut, Canada. Meaning "the place where the sun does not rise] in Inuktitut.
Quttinirpaaq (Other) Inuit
National park in Nunavut, Canada. Means "the top of the world" in Inuktitut, as it is the northernmost national park in Canada, and the second in the world.
Quuligelia (Country) Cherokee
Cherokee form of Bulgaria
Roanoke (Settlement, Island & River) Algonquian
The name Roanoke is said to have originated from rawrenock, an Algonquian word for "shell money".
Saugeen (River & Political Subdivision) Ojibwe (Anglicized)
Town and river in Ontario, Canada. From the Ojibwe 'zaagiing', and means "at the river's outlet" or "at the mouth of the river".
Sauquoit (Settlement & Body of Water) English, Oneida
From the Oneida word sa-da-quoit, meaning "smooth pebbles in a stream."
Seishel (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Seychelles
Sį́ʼgaboo (Country, Settlement & Island) Navajo
Navajo form of Singapore
Sííwiya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Syria
Sirmilik (Other) Inuit
National park in Nunavut, Canada. Means "place of glaciers", in Inuktitut.
Sisimiut (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the residents at the foxholes" in Greenlandic. Sisimiut is the second largest town in Greenland.
Soodą́ą (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Sudan
Suwisa (Country) Quechua, Tagalog
Quechua and Tagalog form of Schweiz via the Spanish form Suiza, used as the Quechua and Tagalog name for Switzerland.
Swii Lankʼa (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Sri Lanka
Táiwáán (Country & Island) Navajo
Navajo form of Taiwan
Tallahassee (Settlement) Indigenous American
Tallahassee is the capital of Florida USA. Found in Leon County.... [more]
Tasiilaq (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the place with a lake" in Greenlandic. Tasiilaq is a town on the east coast of Greenland.
Thaidene Nëné (Other) Chipewyan
National park in Northwest Territories, Canada. From the Dene language, meaning "land of our ancestors".
Tlaxcallan (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Nahuatl form of Tlaxcala.
Toluca (Settlement) Paiute
From a Paiute word meaning "fertile valley" or "beautiful valley". This is the name of a neighborhood and lake in Los Angeles, California, USA, i.e., Toluca Lake.
Tʼóogo (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Togo
Topanga (Settlement) Indigenous American
Topanga is a community in western Los Angeles County, California, United States located in the Santa Monica mountains. The name is given by the Native American indigenous Tongva tribe, and may mean "where the mountain meets the sea" or "a place above".
Torngat (Mountain & Other) Inuit (Anglicized)
Mountain range and national park in Canada. Meaning "place of spirits" from the Inuit word 'tongait'.
Tuktut Nogait (Other) Inuit
National park in Northwest Territories, Canada. Means "young caribou" in Inuvialuktun.
Turkiya (Country) Arabic, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Quechua, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Tajik, Uzbek
Form of Turkey used in various languages. It can also be an alternate transcription of Arabic تركيا (see Turkiyya).
Tuscaloosa (Settlement) Indigenous American
Originally inhabited by native americans.... [more]
Tyewhoppety (Other) Shawnee
Tyewhoppety is an unincorporated community located in Todd County, Kentucky, United States. ... [more]
Ukkusiksalik (Other) Inuit
National park in Nunavut, Canada. From Inuktitut, meaning "where there is material for the stone pot", from the word 'ukkusik', meaning "pot" or "saucepan".
Unaka (Mountain) Cherokee
From the Cherokee unega meaning “white”, possibly in reference to the long white chestnut blossoms that bloomed in the mountains during spring. This is the name of a subrange of the Appalachian mountain range, on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Upernavik (Settlement) Greenlandic
Means "the springtime place" in Greenlandic.
Uummannaq (Other) Greenlandic
Means "heart-shaped" in Greenlandic, ultimately derived from uummat "heart". Uummannaq is the name of several places in Greenland, including a mountain, a town, an island, and a fjord.
Venesuéla (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Venezuela.
Volívia (Country) Guarani
Guarani form of Bolivia.
Vuntut (Other) Cree
National park in Yukon, Canada. Meaning "among the lakes" in Gwich'in.
Wapusk (Other) Cree
National park in Manitoba, Canada. From the Cree word for polar bear, 'wâpask'.
Wausau (Region & Settlement) Indigenous American (Latinized, Rare)
Term used in many Native American languages with varying similar meanings such as "to see from a distance" or "to hear from a distance." It was the Native American name for a valley in central Wisconsin that is still refered to as such by locals... [more]
Wauwautosa (Settlement) Algonquian
Wauwautosa (an edge city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is named after the Potawatomi Chief Wauwataesie and the Potawatomi word for "firefly".
Wawa (Settlement & Body of Water) Ojibwe
Name of a town and lake in Ontario, Canada. From the Ojibwe wording wewe, meaning "wild goose"
Wayakil (Settlement) Quechua
Quechua form of Guayaquil.
Wooméiniya (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Romania
Wuliwya (Country) Aymara, Quechua
Aymara and Quechua form of Bolivia.
Wyandotte (Settlement) Iroquois
A town in Oklahoma, United States, and headquarters of the indigenous Wyandot nation, for who the town is named.
Xaymaca (Country & Island) Taíno
Taíno form of Jamaica.
Xibalba (Settlement & Other) Mayan, Mayan Mythology
Means “a place of fright“.
Yogénda (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Uganda
Yoho (Other) Cree
Name of a national park in British Columbia, Canada. The name is from a Cree expression of wonder.
Yóókwein (Country) Navajo
Navajo form of Ukraine
Yosemite (Other) English (American), Indigenous American (Anglicized, Rare)
A national park and a valley located in Mariposa County, California, the name is derived from the Southern Sierra Miwok joh-heˀ-HmetiH-, meaning "warriors, killers, those not afraid to die"... [more]
Yukon (Region) Indigenous American
Territory in Canada. Split from the northwest territories in 1898. Capital is Whitehorse.... [more]
Yukon River (River) Indigenous American
The Yukon River is a major Watercourse. From British Columbia through Yukon to Alaska.... [more]
Yúukatan (Political Subdivision & Region) Indigenous American, Mayan
Yucatec Maya form of Yucatán.